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  CNN    Erin Burnett Out Front    News/Business.  
   Erin Burnett.  (2012)  

    September 27, 2012
    11:00 - 12:00am PDT  

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involving the actor from the show "sons of anarchy." let's go "outfront." good evening, everyone. we begin tonight talking about polls. do you believe them or not? for the romney campaign, the answer seems to be or not. an issue a number of recent battleground state polls that show the president ahead by a comfortable margin and tonight, we have new poll information for you. the nbc news marist "wall street journal" poll. three more states now going into the obama column just a few moments ago. new hampshire, nevada and north carolina. in new hampshire, among likely voters, the spread is now seven points. margin error is about 3%. in nevada, it is a 2% spread within the margin of error.
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in north carolina, also within the margin of error, but now in favor of president obama. this is a state many people thought that could not happen in given especially the gay marriage debate, but these are the latest numbers we have tonight. obama is now leadinging in the latest polling from all nine battleground states. particularly a problem tonight is florida. the latest cbs poll shows obama ahead by nine points in florida. so, is this true? you may have heard about this. many on the right saying the polls are skewed. they're unfair. here is why republican strategist karl rove who knows polls and elections better than anyone says these polls can't possibly be right. >> think about this. romney and obama get each roughly the same percentage of the republicans and democrats as their opponent. that is to say they carry their base overwhelmingly. romney among independents is winning by three points, so if romney's winning the
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independents and republicans, do you think in a battleground state like florida, he's nine points down? the answer is no. >> okay. that math doesn't actually work out because according to the florida poll, those who say they're most likely going to vote, 36% say they're democrats, 27% republicans and 33% independents, so as you can see, the math that karl rove laid out doesn't necessarily have to be so. let's bring in our panel here and talk about all of the polling here we do at cnn and how it works. cnn polls, one thing you may have heard is that the polls out there are assuming a higher turnout this election than last. a lot of people say that can't be so. there was so much passion and enthusiasm last time around. cnn polls do not assume any higher turnout, which is an important point of clarification. let's bring in roland martin from the democratic avlon.
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that has become a rallying cry. there have been a lot of carefully constructed polls put together by those on the right saying the polls assume a higher turnout and they call more democrats than republicans. so, it doesn't seem from the analysis we just provided that it adds up. >> and the the echo chamber of politics, the news has been bad for republicans. new hampshire margin is stunning. so in an attempt to keep moral up, they start to reach for conspiracy theorys. they're grasping for silver linings to keep moral up. it's an understandable impulse. but just because everybody in their circle remains committed, doesn't mean the polls are wrong. yes, there are some that are outliars. that florida poll might well be be, but the overall trend is in the other direction. republicans aren't happy about it and so in effect, they're in deny l.
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>> and this issue, if there are more likely democratic voters in a state, then it is not unfair to have more democratic voters in a poll. >> party identification is pretty malleable. in 2005, 2006, there are a lot of folks identified as republicans now independents. if a pollster's going to call you up, you might vary from week to week month to month. so that can be some of what we're seeing. we're seeing some bleeding of voters who would have called themselves voters. >> and also, this is something you and i have talked about a lot. so many americans now want to be independent. they're so disgusted by the process. a lot of people that say they're independent aren't. they're leaning one way of the the other. >> as one of those independents, many are tea party supporters who are conservative independents, so some do skew either way.
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but it is the fastest growing cohort and that frustrates a lot of the professional partisans. >> and it makes the polls more complicated. from your side of things though, the question has to be for the obama campaign, will they celebrate or at least their sporters think this race is over well before it is and make these polls turn out to be wrong? >> i would say this here, no matter what side you're on, it's irrelevant. this is going to come down to base turnout. this is going to come down to what is the ground game for mitt romney. what is the ground game for president barack obama and will their voters come out? having somebody day on a phone call as to how they're going to vote is irrelevant. the question is are they going to bring, are they going to come out, bring their family members out. are they going to bring their neighbors out? to the republicans stop all of
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this insessent whining about the polls. the real analysis from campaigns is going to be the first two weeks of early voting. they will get a sense of what the turnout is. go back to 2008. president obama's folks in 2008 actually looked in north carolina as a state they were losing. when they saw early turnout in 2008, they sent troops and money back into north carolina. that's how they won by 14,000 votes. how a poll says it's one thing, but it's what happens when they actually vote. that's what matters at the end of the day. >> but that early voting is why these polls do matter more. it's not just the only poll that counts on election day. early voting's already begun in iowa. as a result, these polls indicate realtime indicators of the direction things are going. >> if you're mitt romney and the polls are showing you're behind,
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it allows for you to send a signal for your supporters, hey, we need to get off our butts and get moving. on the obama side, they should be saying look, don't be sitting here, we should be saying pound, pound, pound because you simply can't predict anything. 2004, many media folks based on upon exit polls, they thought john kerry was going to be president. >> fox news apparently that night, they thought john kerry was going to win until the very end. >> and you have to remember the down ballot races matter a lot. >> congress and senate. >> then republicans are going, they need to redouble their efforts to retake the senate and that's looking dicesy. that's why president obama had active efforts in texas in 2008 because those down ballot races really matter for the future and for your leverage when you come into office. >> thanks to all three and please let us now whether you think the polls are actually reflecting the real numbers right now.
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next, there are very conflicting stories about what happened that night in libya. it is now being called benghazi gate and police arrive at a gruesome murder scene and find a young television star dead in the driveway. benjamin netanyahu drew a red line, literally, had the big, fat, wasn't a skinny little sharpie. it was a fat, red line.
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our second story, the prime minister of israel literally drew a red line for iran's nuclear program today as he addressed the u.n. general assembly. see him there? and he paused for effect. now, look at that rather crudely drawn bomb. this was no colin powell moment. there was a purposefully simple diagram, kind of like a cartoon, designed to make what benjamin netanyahu believes is a very serious, but simple point. >> by next spring at most, by next summer, at current enrichment rates, they will be finished with medium enrichment and move on to the final stage.
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from there, it's only a few months, possibly a few weeks, before they get enough enriched uranium for the fist bomb. >> but in his speech this week, president obama did not give any such timeline. he certainly didn't draw a red line. >> so let me be clear, america warrants to revolve this issue through diplomacy and we believe there is still time and space to do so. but that time is not unlimited. >> netanyahu thanked the president for tough sanctions, but was clear to say those sanctions have not impacted the country's nuclear program, but did he give a veiled comparison between obama and the british prime minister who signed the peace deal with hitler. chamberlain called that deal peace for our time and today, netanyahu brought up world war
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ii and appeasement directly. >> if the western powers had drawn clear red lines during the 1930s, i believe they would have stopped nazi aggression. waited too long to act. in the end, they tried. but at a horrific cost. >> so, do the claims about iran's nuclear program add up? the author of the eye toe la's democracy and he is "outfront" tonight. obviously, mr. netanyahu has been making this case for a long time. >> 20 years. >> and he put up this red line, obviously wanting to respond to the international community, giving people a pretty direct timeline, right before you get to the top line, which given the timeline he gave is next summer at the latest for some kind of action.
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>> which may or may not be accurate. >> so, that's the question first of all. obviously, this whole question is what is iran doing with its nuclear program? >> we claim to know the americans claim to know, the israelis claim to know, the iranian make a claim about what they're doing in the program. one of the interesting things about this so-called 20% enrichment cap, i'm only laughing because it has comedic. twitter verse has gone crazy with this, including in israel making fun of him. but no, i think the thing about 20% is really interesting because the iranian have offered just this week, have offered to suspend enriching at 20%. in exchange for something. so they want something in exchange for stopping the the 20%. what he didn't mention is some of the 20%, in fact, a large portion of the 20% enriched uranium they have created, they have turned into fuel plates, which is unuse b. to put into the tehran reactor,
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so that timeline of june or july of summer next year may or may not be accurate. they would have to continue the same pace of 20% and wouldn't convert any of it into fuel plates, which they have down. >> now, 20% to get to 90, people say hey, it's 20. you need 90 to make a bomb. it's sort of like that relative from getting to zero to 20. >> it's also argued they need to 20% for their medical reactor in tehran because they went to the international atomic energy organization and said we need some fuel plates and no one was willing to sell it. whether you buy the argument or not is irrelevant. i think the main point of the speech, we're not going to have a war this year. >> this year. it keeps, it's a six-month thing. >> let's not forget netanyahu 20 years ago said iran is six
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months way from a bomb. he's had these ideas about and this contradictory notion that came up today, which was if their messianic and if they're international, what will that do. >> but the report he referred to, i'm not even referring to israeli intelligence, go online. look at the report and it says their nuclear program is accelerating. at their underground bunker facility. >> inspectors are there. >> not as much as the iaea has requested. >> before it was under complete inspection, all the uranium there is under lock and key and on camera. parnlgen is a military base and you have to present evidence as to why you want to go.
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i think it's a bargaining point. >> a bargaining point, is it possible that what iran and israel are doing, they say this is for peaceful purposes, but they're leaving open the door and not allowing inspectors. and they're leaving open the door for people to think they're doing something they're no not. is this in their interest? keeps them relevant? if they weren't trying to get a bomb -- >> they're a little country with a lot of oil. a nation of 80 million people. almost 80 million people. it's had a tremendous amount of influence in lebanon, afghanistan and iraq and in some cases, our interests are actually mutual with the united states and iran, so i think it is an important country without -- i think they've had a problem for many, many years with the west.
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particularly with the united states. where they believe, whether it's true or not, but they believe that the u.s. is out to get them. out to destroy the regime and overthrow the regime. even this recent delisting of the opposition group that was in iraq, they claim is another example of the u.s. only interested in changing the regime. we have many, many issues between the u.s. and iran over the 30 years, the nuclear age has gotten to the point now where we have harsh, harsh sanctions hurting the people, the economy, everyone. probably not the regime so much. >> not as tough as they should, at least from our reporting. if you were really trying to shut things down. >> well, they're not that lenient. i think people find a way to get around. >> leaky. >> sorry. but i think that right now, with these sanctions, iran would like to come kind of f agreement with the west, but they want sanctions lifted, or at least some. so far, that hasn't happened.
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i think it's an election year. given there's not going to be an israeli strike at some -- we're going to a new, a re-elected or new president. >> if there is to be an israeli strike with or without u.s. support, it's going to be after the election. that's crucial. our third story, benghazi gate. there is a deep disconnect in washington over what happened the nikt ambassador chris stevens was killed. today, leon panetta stepped in to the fray, finally using the t word. >> the reason i think pretty clearly it was a terrorist attack because a group of terrorists obviously conducted that attack on the consulate. and against our individuals. >> clearly, a terrorist attack.
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now, panetta stopped short of saying which terrorist group was specifically responsible, but for two weeks, the white house and state department have refrained from blaming terrorists directly and when hillary clinton started to blame al-qaeda, the state department backed off. here she is in the u.n. meeting we reported on last night connecting al-qaeda linked groups to what she called the tragic attack. >> for some time, al-qaeda in the islamic mag and other groups have launched attacks and kidnappings to other countries and are working with other extremists to undermine the transitions in north africa as we tragically saw in benghazi. as we tragically saw in benghazi. after our show, the state department backtracked saying clinton was speaking generally about al-qaeda, which is why it is important to tell you what we have confirmed tonight.
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a senior u.s. official tells cnn that u.s. intelligence knew the benghazi attack was the work of extremists affiliated with or inspired by al-qaeda and they knew this within 24 hours of the attack. something does not add up. if u.s. intelligence knew al-qaeda linked groups were involved, why didn't the secretary of state or the white house say so? if not to the public, at least in the briefings they've provided to intelligence economy members in congress. voters also don't seem to think the handing of the attacks adds up. when bloomberg asked who would be tougher on terrorism, mitt romney came out and the administration is facing criticism. bob corker is one of them and he is "outfront" tonight. appreciate your taking the time. now, i know you have written a letter and you, sir, have asked
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for all of the information, all of the cables that ambassador stevens may have sent to state. was he worried about security? what's been the response so far to your request for all of this information? >> well, senator isakson and myself sent the letter two days ago. we've heard nothing. when we had the briefing, after the event, the director of national intelligence, probably ten days after the event occurred, was part of that briefing. they've turned an incident all of us care about. we have four americans that have been killed. bipartisan concern. everybody on the foreign relations committee, republicans and democrats want to know what has happened. for some reason, it's not forthcoming. typically in these briefings, we know what's happening in nuclear armaments, we know what's happening in some of the private developments between other
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countries. basic briefing about how four americans were killed and they've turned something into a scandal and that not coming clean with what's happened. so obviously, a lot of us are concerned. we really don't understand because this is not typically what happens after an event like this. >> and you, when you talk about a scandal, it's when we put it in quotes, i'm using your words. benghazi gate. >> typically, when there's an event unfolding, we are in these briefings. we are aware of what's happening. sometimes, you know, the fact rs not clear and they share with us the facts are not clear. in this case, the briefing was beyond belief. i mean, we were told nothing. we still have been told nothing. media outlets like yourselves know more. you had a correspondent on the
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ground at the consulate who apparently has found some documentation of concerns by this ambassador that we all knew and loved, so i don't know what's happening here. i just find it incredibly strange when in a bipartisan way, everyone wants to understand what's happeneded, but the administration has been unbelievably not forthcoming. >> i'm curious from your perspective as to why you think there is such hesitance on the part of the administration? the white house and the state department have obviously not referring to intelligence officials, who from our reporting, have been saying al qaeda linked or inspired groups for involved from the beginning. why do you think there would be a hesitation from the white house to the state department to use those words, al-qaeda? >> erin, we have briefings non-stop, telling us about what al-qaeda's done. secretary clinton has earned the respect of people on both sides of the aisle. she's typically someone who is very transparent and forthcoming
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with what's happening. the the meeting we had was almost as if she had been told not to say anything. i don't know. it's strange to me. again, this is not the kind of thing that you would think would warrant this kind of secrecy and i think it is causing people to just wonder what has happened. we're responsible, erin, for people on the ground all arndt the world. and i think all of us want to know what happened with this particular consulate. were we warned? did we do the things security wise we needed to do and that's our responsibility. i think most americans would want us to understand what has happened and to do everything we can to keep this from happening to other public servants who are out there risking our lives. >> and "the washington times" reporting tonight that in addition to the cuts on security that would happen if consulate and embassy security around the world as a result of the sequester, there have been $296 million in cuts in the past two
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years in embassy security around the world. as a result of congress. so do you think that you also are partly responsible for what happened? the lack of security? >> look, those cuts have not yet taken place, but i couldn't agree more that we need to find a much better solution than the sequester process that's been kicked in. >> what about the cuts that happened in the past two years. the 296 million. >> yeah, yeah, let me say, 296 million out of all the vast billions of dollars that go to our military sfrux and to our embassies, i assure you that if we had an ambassador that felt like his life was threatened, we could easily find the moneys to make sure these people are protected. candidly, it's hard to imagine what it is the administration does not want to share. it's hard to imagine what that is, but on a bipartisan basis, people want to know the answers
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and i appreciate you bringing attention to it and hopefully, very soon, we'll understand why there's been such a shroud of secrecy around four americans serving our country. >> good to talk to you. appreciate you taking the the time out. a young actor and elderly woman are dead and nancy pelosi making a very aggressive claim about winning the house. for democrats. does her claim add up? ose littls still get you. for you, life's about her. but your erectile dysfunction - that could be a question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved to treat ed and symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently or urgently. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sexual activity. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain,
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we start the second half of our show with stories we care about where we focus on our reporting from the front lines and we begin with this. the man behind the anti-islam film that sparked international outrage has been arrested tonight in california. cnn has confirmed nakoula basseley nakoula was arrested after federal court. according to miguelmarquez, federal officials believe he violate his probation. he is currently serving five years for bank fraud and that prevented him from using a computer without approval. the film was posted on youtube in the summer. a russian billionaire who
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has been a critic of president putin has been charged with high school began israel m. that's the same charge three members of the band pussy riot were convicted of. he was charged with it last year. this charge is no joke. could result in a prison sentence of five years. it's been 420 days. today, we got some good news on jobs. initial jobless claims fell more than expected last week and that was a two-month low. also "outfront," the drive for 25. it has become a latest phrase for democrats. they are hoping to win 25 seats and the majority in this election and the woman leading the charge, who else? house minority leader, nancy
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pelosi. >> we have the messengers, the money, the organization. we have a very excellent chance to take back the house. we have been working very hard to get to a place to put the house in play. we did that by say late spring, early summer. >> but does pelosi's claim that her party has what it takes to retake the house really add up? this is a big question given the polls on the presidency. could you end up with democrats in a will the of places? according to a recent breakdown, just 14 seats are toss ups in the house now. 35 lean republican. 33 are leaning democrat. and kyle, these are a lot of numbers to crunch. of course, this is a big claim from nancy pelosi. does it add up? you've seen the research. >> so, i think it's, there's a small possibility that democrats
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could retake the house. but it's not particularly big. my current projections here at this center for politics show the democrats winning a net of six seats far short of the 25 they need. that's up from a net gain of four where we projected last week, but throughout the summertime, we thought the democrats would be somewhere in the single digits. part of the reason, the republicans are also doing making gains in some others. if this truly boils down to kind of a tit for tat back and forth between the two parties and there's not much movement in the house, well, the status quo is good for the republicans because they're the ones who hold a 25-seat advantage. >> if you're saying six seats, but they need 25. why can't you firmly move it out? how could things move so much from here until election day? >> so, one thing we're tracking is what's called the generic ballot.
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a poll question asks respondents across the country saying would you vote for a democratic or republican candidate in your local house race. in 2006 and 2008, democrats had already taken a big advantage in this number of about nine points. advantage in their favor. republicans had about a four-point lead on that question in 2010. obviously, those are big wave years, this time, democrats have taken a small lead. about two points. and what we're kind of waiting to see is if the democrats, because of president obama continuing to do well with patrol polls. what we're waiting to see is if that number picks up. if it gets to plus five, plus six, plus seven. i don't necessarily see that happening. >> and one final thing i just want to play something. there are many of you out there who love nancy pelosi and many who loathe her, but here's her track record on this progression. >> we are confident in our
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candidates, the early returns and overwhelming democrats coming out. >> she is a very nice looking nose, but that was a pretty long, long, not truth. so this is just the way they talk? >> well, you know, look, i think party leaders are not supposed to be you know, pundits and analysts. they're supposeded to be cheerleaders and advocates, so i don't really blame nancy pelosi for sticking up for our party and she sort of has to put a good front on it because she doesn't want the donors to give up. her candidates to give up. i'll also say speaker boehner did the same in april. i don't think he believed that at a time or now. but it was a warning to his own people to stay focused on the task at hand. >> thank you very much.
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our fourth story is a bizarre and gruesome murder investigation underway in hollywood. police say johnny lewis, a 28-year-old actor from the show sons of anarchy brutally killed his landlord, then he fell from the roof to his death. neighbors say they heard screams from the home and when police arrived, they found the actor's body in the driveway and the landlady, along with her cat, both dead in the house. >> it's a very gruesome saep. a very senseless crime. someone that's just defenseless, someone in their late years, 70, 80 years of age and then living in this type of neighborhood, you don't expect anything like this to take place. >> police also say lewis attacked two men in the house next door before he died. but they don't know what triggered it. police say drugs may have been involved now.
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>> well, that's certainly what they're looking into although they have no concrete evidence at this hour and they may have to wait on that evidence for a bit and that's because i just got off the phone with los angeles county coroner's and they tell me they've completed the autopsy reports on lewis and davis. they'll have to wait about six weeks for the toxicology reports, but we do now know the cause of death for catherine davis. we're being told blunt head trauma as well as strangulation. it's been officially ruled a homicide, but one thing investigators say they're looking into is whether or not drugs may have played a part here because of the business sequence of events. you have an extremely gruesome crime scene. someone who's accused of killing his 81-year-old landlord, her cat, turning on his neighbor and a painter, then climbing the building and falling to his death and one report is whether or not lewis may have been on the so-called designer drug,
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it's called smiles and at a news conference today, they were asked about this. let's listen to what they had to say. >> there are several new drugs coming out after bath salts. new drugs come out all the time and young people try new drugs all the time. that's one of the things our detectives are going to look into. we won't know until the coroner's able to come through. >> and we're just around the corner from where that murder took place, that very, very large home and there's a private cleaning company on hand. they were power washing the driveway where lewis fell to his death. we also spoke to an officer there who told us they've wrapped up their onsite investigation. it's no longer considered a crime scene, meaning tenants can move into that building. >> a bizarre and horrible story. we're going to continue to follow that, especially given the possibility that things like bath salts could have been involved.
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our fifth story "outfront," a teacher turns into a millionaire. a first grade teacher from georgia became a millionaire not by winning the lottery. no, she did it herself, 100%. here's martin savidge. >> reporter: at the central fellowship academy in macon, georgia, when i step into the classroom, i realize two things. she loves the teach. and like many teachers, she's really good at it, yet for most of her 17 years in the classroom, she and her husband struggleded financially. >> probably 90% of the teachers in america, i was juggling bills. like i could pay the electricity bill this week and seven more
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days before they turp off the water. >> but she loved her job and kept coming up with fun and creative ways to teach. >> it's just a pictorial way to display data. >> or scare yous for math and chitchat for reading. >> the kids say okay. >> her little ideas have never left her classroom if not for a chance conversation with another teacher. >> she said your stuff is so good. you have got to get it on teachers pay teachers. i said i don't know even know what that is. >> it's a website that allows teachers a way to sell their ideas to each other. >> they operate an online marketplace sort of like ebay or etsy where teachers, over 1.1 million of them can buy, sell or share their original teaching ideas. >> in most case, the units cost from 5 to $8 a pop. >> the first year, i made $300.
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>> but one teacher told another. then another. then her ideas like fun on the farm or where's my mummy were hits. at last count, she had sold over 161,000 units. our accounts say you have made in excess of a million dollars. >> yes. >> that's not what we think of with teachers. >> no. >> no one's been more shocked than her husband, ed. a college professor in finance and marketing, no less. what is it like to have a million dollar first grade teacher showing you up in the house? >> you know, i don't know. that's great. you know, because never in our dreams would we ever think of making that kind of money. >> jump says the money hasn't changed her. she still goes to school every day in her kia, but no longer worries about the bills.
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and every day, she shows up in classrooms far beyond central georgia. >> spain. which was like wow. spain. africa. i got an e-mail from a lady in africa who was using my stuff. canada. >> she's got notebooks of ideas still to come and says other teachers could easily do what she's done and hopes they do and i got to say, given all the teachers have done for me and my kids, i kind of like the idea of them making as much as investment bankers. martin savidge, cnn, macon, georgia. >> pretty neat story. up next, gummy worms. they taste good, right? are they good for you? we're going to explain why there's a big problem in this country thanks to worms. sorry chewing with my mouth full.
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potatoes and peanuts. but that's not all they're using. according to reports from across the country, ranchers have started feeding their cattle with junk food, french fries, chocolate bars, marshmallows, froot loops and yes, even gummy worms. or gummy snakes. cows probably, to them, this is probably a worm size. this is being used as feed for cattle. now, cows have a multi-compartment stomach so they can digest almost anything and sweets are the perfect way to get them to eat starchy sugar that they usually get through corn. the problem is cows will eat anything. they will eat cotton candy. so even worse than realizing you're eating beef full of cookies and gummy worms and snakes, most of the candy comes from companies at a discount because it is damaged and not fit for store shelves, i.e., they can't sell it to human beings. apparently cows have not shown any health problems with the all candy diet as of yet. nutritionists have said it's not dangerous for humans to consume candy-fed beef. but you know what? we don't think that adds up. all right.
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